Victory Uncle Teddy’s Bitter

Where Spotted: CommonWealth, 1400 Irving St. NW

Price: $8/20 oz. cask pour

Barrel necessity: Perhaps in a show of solidarity with their country’s cuisine, English bitters are often nuanced (read: “flavorless”) affairs—light ales with little hop flavor, appropriate for the average Brit’s 200-pint year. But served cask-style (hand-pumped, not carbonated), they transform into light, buttery columns of gorgeous pale malt whose best side comes out at room temperature. It’s subtle enjoyment, like the British Office.

Decimal Pint: A buttery, room-temp beer with 3.9% abv is just not for quaffing. It’s that flavorful water alternative that gets you off your face, a light beer that you actually want to drink. That’s the thorn in the $8 pours at CommonWealth: it’s a Big Gulp glass at a Moët price.

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